Justin Baker

Justin Baker

Justin is the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator for BSA Health System, and Vice Chair of Panhandle RAC.

Recent posts by Justin Baker

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The Dire Impact EMS Staffing Shortages Has on Our Communities [Opinion]

By Justin Baker on Apr 17, 2019

While the industry has grown and improved thanks to advances in technology and new procedures, one thing that continues to plague the EMS profession is shortage of staff -- and this particularly holds true in areas that depend on volunteers.

Although EMS continues to grow and evolve as a nationally recognized profession, the journey has not been without hiccups. With the rollout of the accreditation rule for EMS programs in the State of Texas, which requires EMS programs to be tied to a college for the Paramedic Certification, the issue has only become more apparent. Now, these programs are requiring students to obtain college degrees to receive their paramedic certification.

Topics: EMS
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The Elephant in the Room: Addressing the Mental Health Crisis in EMS

By Justin Baker on Mar 25, 2019

Mental health issues remain a concerning problem that plague first responders. As we continue to look at the issue as a whole, the motto has always been to sweep it under the rug and not let fellow coworkers know that something bothered you. It is time that we get past this "tough" exterior, and start taking care of ourselves.

Topics: EMS
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To Accept Archaic Technology is to Accept Poorer Patient Care

By Justin Baker on Mar 04, 2019

While working with Pulsara and our prospects, it has become apparent to me that some places don’t recognize that they have a need for modern communication technology or that it can improve the quality of their patient care. Some facilities or clients simply do not believe that by continuing to rely on pagers, fax machines, radios, etc. they are contributing to delays in care for their most critically ill patients.

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The High Cost of Healthcare's Financial Mindset

By Justin Baker on Nov 08, 2018

A common problem that I have found in healthcare is that many people in this field have a strong tendency to choose the most inexpensive solution, even when it's at the detriment of productivity or outcomes. Even as solutions like Pulsara continue to demonstrate advancements and progress, we also continue to run into road blocks because of this mindset. When having discussions with hospital leadership members, we hear the same responses continuously: “This is a great product and would be very beneficial, but we don’t have the funding for it.” Or: “The current solution that we are using doesn’t cost us a thing. The two main transferring hospitals pay for it, so why would we want to pay for a product?”

These outlying facilities definitely see the benefit in the product, but ultimately not enough to put in the work to find a way to include it in the budget. There is documented proof that eighty percent of serious medical errors involve miscommunication between caregivers during transition of care. So why as an industry do we continue to choose the cheap way out of things when that means using solutions that contribute to this problem rather than addressing it? 

Topics: Healthcare
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Addressing Reluctance to Change in Healthcare: What it Means for Technology

By Justin Baker on May 30, 2018

Having been in EMS now for 19 years, I have noticed one thing among the medical community: some medical providers are very interested in advancements in technology and improvements in patient care outcomes, but only as long as it does not require them to change or increase their workload.

As technology has continued to evolve, I hear “Wow, that is great, but it is just another thing for me to do.” or “I already have too much.” Even if it is the best thing for the patient, you will still typically hear the staff concerns.

The more reluctant members of the medical team tend to bring up roadblocks for why their teams can't do things a certain way, or why changing technologies will not work for them. For example, when working to implement Pulsara in our region, we hear concerns about how it's just one more tablet and application to have to use, despite the fact that statistics show that Pulsara decreases time significantly and ultimately improves the patient outcome.

Topics: Healthcare